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Bishop Allen Audio CD
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Bishop Allen builds upon the extraordinary first years of their career with Grrr..., which Dead Oceans released March 10, 2009. The band fronted by Justin Rice and Christian Rudder is best known for making and self-releasing an EP each month for an entire year, then reworking some of the best songs for a highly acclaimed label debut (The Broken String). The rigorous EP project, and the ... Read more in Amazon's Bishop Allen Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000FTKSJ4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're very good. 31 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Bishop Allen sound like a band of real people. They're rough around the edges, the guitar playing gets in a bit of a fankle sometimes, the production values consistantly fail to reach a sheen. But this is what makes them fresh and exciting and different. Their songs take you on a tumble through unexpected ground and can't fail to leave you buzzed and smiling.
High points are "Busted Heart" (a song you swear must be a cover that's been around the block a few times, it's so sure-footed and familiar), "Bishop Allen Drive" and the title track. Charm School is a lesson how simple and joyful music can be if you have great tunes.
Bishop Allen are having fun, and it sounds it too. They can't fail to get even better. Buy this CD before they make it big and impress your friends!
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3.0 out of 5 stars They are promising 3 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
Nice little album from a very young, talented band from USA. A must have if you like casual tunes and light-hearted daily-life impressions. Nice, but a little amateur. We must see if they make it big one day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy people eat chocolate... 23 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
Bishop Allen are fab-i first heard of them by being a bit of a fan of christian rudder-one of the founders of thespark.com If nothing else this album makes you grin from ear to ear!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Future 21 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
It's been years since I got this album, but the feeling doesn't change every time that I listen to it. Has great music that you can't help but feel good listening to.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the 'pop' tag fool you. 7 May 2003
By Vanessa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The saddest thing about the term "pop" is that it has come to essentially mean ..., the mindless vapid profit-driven music you find on national charts by acts who disappear after having their fifteen minutes of fame. It's sad, because the best way I can think of to describe Bishop Allen's music is as 'pop', but without all the negative connotations. Christian Rudder and Justin Rice write catchy, intelligent and complex pop tunes, the stuff that will have you singing along, tapping your feet, or, in my case, listening to the album on repeat for the entirety of an eight hour bus trip. Charm School is what all albums should be: surprising and enjoyable, with that kind of built in drip-feed mechanism - that is, that each time you listen, you hear something new, whether it is a funky rhythm, a great lyric or a new favourite song. Most importantly, just listening to Bishop Allen's music, you get the sense that the band were having fun (just listen to Penitentiary Bound or the crazy disco style of Empire City) - if pop means they're only in it for the money, then Bishop Allen are most definitely not pop, but indie geniuses who deserve far longer than fifteen minutes in the spotlight.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good enough to give chills, fun enough to sing forever 19 Oct 2005
By Mike Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you like The Shins, Modest Mouse, or even the better songs of the Rolling Stones, I can almost guarantee you will like this album. I heard a couple of their songs online, loved them instantly, got chills up and down my arms from their emotion and their innovation, and I ordered it immediately.

This is instantly likeable music, music I knew I loved the moment I heard it. That bands like Bishop Allen aren't being hounded by every major label out there is baffling to me. This album features terrific female backing vocals, simple yet rocking and friendly songs, occasional drums by Microsoft Excel, witty lyrics, a terrific tribute/thank you song "Eve of Destruction" in which the band thanks all their friends on a day that might be their last. The album's also got funny liner notes, and one of the coolest songs I've ever heard, "Ghosts are Good Company,"

Buy "Charm School" now. Listen to the samples on Amazon, and then buy it immediately. And, if you like this, check out Soltero. Good music is out there, and waiting for you.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Justin, David Byrne wants his gesticulations back... 5 Feb 2005
By Joel McGarvey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ok, well Mr. Rice fully deserves any wild hand waving rights though because this is a great album. Another live-show-bought-the-album deal (the guy on the left of the album, Mr. Rudder, actually sold me it to me. Sorry amazon) the album has only continued to grow on me. I could go on about depth of lyrics, mature sound, etc., but I can't compete with a guy from Rolling Stone who probably has a degree in journalism and critical theory. Let's just say 'Charm School' is a good buy for anyone who can stand a little bit of fun and is in the midst of the mainstream doldrums. A little Atom and His Package, a little Modest Mouse (sorry), a little Hell's Kitchen, and a little art school band all grown up! Pixies beaten with an irony stick! I could go on! Fantastic stuff.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bishop Allen Charmed the Pants Right Off of Me! 6 May 2003
By "sarahgirl88" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Excellent Cd. I'm walking around with Bishop Allen and their fab songs in my head, and I can't stop listening to them. This is indie pop at its best. From the opening hook of "Charm School" to the end of the album, I was forced to jump around happily and repeat the cd endlessly. The band is right; they DID make an album that was fun and smart, one which I would encourage anyone to check out. It is a great listen and one of the best albums I've purchased in a long time.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 3 Feb 2004
By "imkindoftired" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It seems almost fruitless to go into detail about why I love this album.
I've seen this band live, and their musical talent is only exceeded by their dedication. That 4-star Rolling Stone review was well deserved. This band is straight catchy pop, you'll find yourself unable to take it out of your stereo for weeks on end, I guarantee it.
Please don't pass up the chance to see this band live before they blow up big time, because they will.
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